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(WTKR)   Python swallows crocodile whole, will spend next four months compiling   ( wtkr.com) divider line
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2014-03-06 08:51:04 AM  
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2014-03-07 06:10:23 AM  
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kayanlau: So will the python just poop out the skeleton? Curious mind needs to know.

Nope.  Snake digestive systems are amazingly powerful and among the most efficient metabolic systems on earth.  The only animal materials they have trouble digesting are keratin and dentine.  On a croc, keratin will be in the claws and possibly some of the scales/scutes.  Dentine will be in the teeth.  When this snake poops in a few weeks (and that will be the mother of all dumps) all that will come out will be feces, teeth, claws, and maybe a scute or two.  Also, with a meal like that, the snake probably won't need to eat for well over a year.  It wouldn't even approach being starvation stressed for probably 2 years, and could probably make 3 with no food without dying.  If it is female, that croc is going to provide the nutrients for a pretty big clutch of python eggs.
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